Game Warden Field Notes

The following items are compiled from recent Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) law enforcement reports. Good Samaritans A Marion County Game Wardens responded to Lake O the Pines regarding a capsized vessel. Several fishermen close to the incident rescued an 80-year-old male and his son and transported them to a boat ramp. EMS arrived

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Help Available for Texans with Access and Functional Needs

FEMA is committed to providing equal access and delivery of our programs to Texans who were affected by the severe winter storms that began Feb. 11, 2021. That includes anyone requiring specialized assistance. FEMA’s guidance is intended to ensure that individuals who have access and functional needs receive lawful and equal assistance before, during and

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Texas State Parks Working to Return to Normal Capacity

AUSTIN – Texas State Parks have begun a strategic and thoughtful process of expanding capacity statewide, tracking Gov. Greg Abbott’s latest reopening order, and allowing more Texans the opportunity to visit their favorite parks. Masks are strongly encouraged for park visitors, especially when indoors or in areas where it is difficult to socially distance. Also,

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AG Paxton: Federal Interference in State Election Law Violates the Constitution

AUSTIN – Attorney General Ken Paxton joined a letter warning United States House and Senate leaders of Constitutional deficiencies within H.R. 1, the For the People Act of 2021, which passed the House recently. Under both the Elections Clause of Article I of the Constitution and the Electors Clause of Article II, States have principal responsibility to

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Public Input Sought on Texas Hunting Regulation Proposals for 2021-2022

AUSTIN – The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) is now taking public comment on the following proposed changes to the 2021-2022 Statewide Hunting and Migratory Game Bird Proclamations:   Add crossbow to the definition of lawful archery equipment Modify the muzzleloader definition to clarify only the bullet or projectile must be loaded through the

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What Went Wrong?

By M. Ray Perryman THE ECONOMIST What went wrong with the Texas power grid during the recent extreme weather event? Everything – but it’s complicated. One key issue is that Texas homes, buildings, and power infrastructures are geared toward dealing with the issue that we most often face – heat! Whether for an individual homeowner

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USDA NRCS offers technical, financial assistance in response to Texas winter storm damage

In response to the winter storms that hit Texas in February 2021, the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is offering farmers and ranchers technical and financial assistance to repair and replace certain damaged conservation practices. NRCS is accepting applications for its Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) for the recovery measures listed below: Animal Mortality

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Fireworks Sales Approved for Texas Independence Day

Smith County residents will be able to buy fireworks to celebrate Texas Independence Day again this year. The Smith County Commissioners approved an order authorizing fireworks sales from Thursday, February 25, through Tuesday, March 2. Texas Independence Day commemorates the adoption of the Texas Declaration of Independence on March 2, 1836. The 84th Texas Legislature

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